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My 1.4 cents after taxes about gigs and scheduling in regard to promotions:
Working for many years on all sides of the scene (talent, promoter, booking, club owner/manager, raves, event organization... ) The club owner, as a business owner should care about the long term bottom line first. Aside from that, anyone with any success & experience in these areas, (and a conscience), tends to book a show to bring great music, good times, and a big party first, money and fame second. Personal fame last.
With that said I tend to be leery of any promoter, event company, etc., that isn't run or advised by talent or ex-talent. It is rare to find one who is good in both, but one who has no experience as talent tends to be more of a seedy type and a sponge for fame & money. Not all, most. I do see many promoters booking a big act then putting themselves on the bill with their friends and affiliates. I know we've all seen that before, just look at the event listings in any paper. There is nothing completely wrong with that, but I don't go to a show expecting to see them in a headline positions, but usually do. It gets really tired to see 3 of the same 10 acts at every show.
Ultimately it hurts the scene and attendance. Idealistically the game would be to help break new talent while supporting the experienced, by use of the large names to draw. This rarely happens for various reasons that don't exactly hold water in the grand scheme of things. Basically, it's almost never the top spot for the promoters but it is usually before or after the coveted headliner. My opinion is: That is bad form. Even if talent wise they should be there, all of the work and trouble shooting at an event will usually lead to a sub par performance which doesn't help your future. It's guaranteed that the others with related experience in attendance, (usually people you need to help fill a room) are gossiping about how the ones in charge put themselves against the headliner. Gossip sux and could be disregarded, but lets be honest, there is often a grain of truth to it. We work in entertainment; there is an inherent drama that comes with that.
Negative gossip damages reputations & inhibit future things such as draw, growth, overall success. Positioning high is not exactly the wrong thing to do, and I understand the rational that they did all the promotion, scheduling, schmoozing, troubleshooting etc. and should therefore deserve larger portions of the reward but boil it down... it is a tacky move. I also feel it's a mistake to put yourself in the opening slot (which should be the new talent position). Closing makes sense as the necessary work for the evening should be behind you, and if your set is sub par, everyone should be inebriated enough do overlook the technical flaws. I speak, (type?), from experience and watch others continuously make the above mentioned mistakes over, and over, and over, and over again (even veterans).
A big part of this game is to go out see the new names in the paper, see what their about and work the applicable talent into the shows. Aside from gaining the occasional view of what might be next, it furthers everyone's chance of greater success, cross pollinates the Genres (which is much needed), lifts attendance, and enlarges the overall community. And lastly, it should be the obvious responsibility of the experienced, to show up at shows early (pre 10:30). Not only to see the new talent & show support, but also out of duty and respect. This is our work. This is what we do. Granted we don't punch a clock, but show some class and effort. When we all began (if we were not the one putting on the show), we were that new talent playing to the empty room. Remember? It sucked and in some regard was embarrassing to be there. The "I'm well known, know the scene, and don't want to show till its rolling", attitude is unsupportive and sets a bad example for those coming up. It takes little effort to show up early have a cocktail and tell the newbies "good job".
Most of us know this, but some obviously don't which is why I wrote this "novel".
Microsoft Zune... I cant say anything about the player as i havent used it, HOWEVER, I give them kudo's for making a commercial that accurately showcases what a record party looks like. If you havn't seen this commercial it basically is a group of DJ's hanging out and showing off tricks to eachother (and passing mixes and files from Zune to Zune). The beauty of this commercial is it shows what 95% of true DJ culture is: Slighty overwieght, circles under the eyes, pale pasty skin, unshaven, ratty clothes, studio set up in the garage or basement, crappy mixer (sorry numark), bad lighting, big mess, and an ass load of records. At no point does this commercial try to "stylize" these private events (which is what they truely are). There is no sexy anything just raw reality... Except any DJ like the ones shown in the video would be spending thier $399 (msrp) for the Zune on things like better mixers and more records. Now I'm not sure if the ad company contracted for these commercials did the research, understands, or just said go find "joe average dj and film" but they actually got it right (or as close as you can in a 45sec advertisment) and made it look as cool and hip as it actually is (or isnt).
Shrink Wrap on CDs is pointless. I see its value on records, as it keeps the cover new-ish longer, but on a CD you have to remove the wrap to get to the cd. I happen to be a music director at a radio station and i must say that I absolutely HATE shrink wrap on CD's (and that little sticker on the top is not a thing i'm a fan of either). But seriously what the hell is the point of the shrink wrap? Most music stores keep CD's in some big plastic casing anyway, or attach a security tag. Shrink wrap isnt going to stop anyone from stealing it. Shrink wrap isnt needed to keep the book or cd in its case. I think its there to make life just slightly more aggervating.
So upon some investigation a number of music stores have informed me that a CD without the wrap is worth 30% less than a disc in the wrap... how in the world does that make any sense?! An open CD is a used CD? Were not talking about cars where the instant you drive it off the lot you just lost 30%... were talking about a little coaster that contains audio data... shrink wrap shouldnt come into play in regard to value. ***
I really wish that being a DJ had nothing to do with cat litter... But some chimp at some ad firm went and did it.
My old beef was with a chimp at possibly the same ad company that thought a DJ cat would somehow make a person want to buy cat food.
I will give the first person that can answer this question 5 mix discs:
In 1999 there was a latenight cartoon show in the UK on Cartoon Network. The show would feature a lackluster cartoon like the Hair Bears that was all cut up and "mixed" with other cartoons.
Example: The hair bears ranger says "where?" then they quickly cut to a Johnny Quest clip where Dr Quest would say "in a mountain in the andes".
What was the name of the cartoon show?
THE WINNER IS: Karl Cripps of Madison WI!
The Correct answer: Cult Toons (now if i can just find them so i can watch them)
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